Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lara Logan's return to 60 Minutes

CBS News/60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan has returned to 60 Minutes.  After what could be described as a tumultuous past few years where Logan has been under fire for using a discredited source on the Benghazi attack, she has returned to the air but not without some criticism. Logan took a leave of absence from 60 Minutes.  Even though there is no excuse for short cuts in a journalistic piece you have to consider what Logan had experienced just a couple years prior. On the night of February 11, 2011 reporting from Cairo's Tahrir Square during a wild celebration of more than 100,000 people during the fall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, Logan was separated from her cameraman.  In the hysteria a mob attacked and sexually assaulted the CBS reporter. The violent attack lasted for nearly 25 minutes.
Logan: I was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying. I thought, not only am I gonna die here, but it's gonna be just a torturous death that's going to go on forever and ever and ever.  - Lara Logan in a 60 Minutes interview 
Journalists face many obstacles in their quest to deliver news to the public.  While reporters who cover city hall, school board meetings, and house fires face their own set of dangers, Logan and other reporters like her have ventured onto battle fields to deliver us the news on the war front. While there they face many dangers.  Many reporters have lost their lives. Despite the loss of life courageous reporters (and their crews) still put their lives in dangers to deliver us the truth. One of the ethical tenants of journalism is seek the truth and report it.  But no where does it say you have to wear body armor or dodge bullets or even endure a violent attack that could scar you for the rest of your life.
Check out this video from Sunday, March 22 episode of 60 Minutes where Logan reports on more of the heartbreaking causalities of ISIS. What is more amazing about this story is that during many of the segments that were taped ISIS fighters were just a few miles away.  It would be interesting to learn what drives this courageous reporter.  Why does she continue to put herself in harms way? Just a couple days after this story aired on 60 Minutes Logan was admitted to the hospital as she continues to battle the wounds and scars from that attack in 2011. 

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